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Manchester City slip, but no respite for EPL top-four

Thu, Jan 18, 12:50pm by Staff Writer

The battle for the Premier League gains new life this week after Liverpool proved runaway title favourite Manchester City can be defeated.

The Reds enter Round 24 in third spot after claiming a 4-3 win over City at home that crucially cut Pep Guardiola’s side’s lead to a still-imposing 12 points.

Second-placed Manchester United is expected to maintain the pressure when it travels to Burnley on Sunday.

United cannot afford to let a point slip with just 15 games remaining, but are unbeaten in their last six games against Burnley

Burnley, meanwhile, have lost back-to-back games at home and will struggle to hold on to seventh spot on the ladder.

William Hill is paying $1.57 for United to retain second place, with $6 for Burnley and $3.75 for a draw.

While City’s 22-match unbeaten start to the season has finally come to an end, it would be an optimistic punter who would tip a second-straight loss this week.

City are on an unbackable $1.12 to at least maintain its EPL lead this week against newly-promoted Newcastle, with the Magpies on a whopping $19 and $8.50 for a draw.

Liverpool will need a big win at Swansea if it is to hold on to third spot.

The Reds and Chelsea are both on 47 points, with Liverpool ahead only on goal difference.

Liverpool crushed bottom-placed Swansea 5-0 when they met last month and the Reds will be looking for a similar Margin this week.

Riding high after their masterful result against City, Liverpool is paying just $1.30 to beat the Welsh side, with $9.50 for a loss and $5.50 for a draw.

While Chelsea is looking to retake third spot this week, Brighton’s focus is on the other end of the table as it desperately seeks to pull clear of the relegation zone.

Sitting in 16th spot, Brighton is just one losses away from the bottom three and has just one win from EPL 12 games.

The Seagulls will take a glimmer of hope from Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Leicester last week, but are still the $6 underdogs to take the much-needed points, with $1.57 for the Londoners and $3.80 for a draw.

Fourth-placed Tottenham trounced Everton last week and has its eye on next year’s Champion’s League as it heads to Southampton.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last six matches, while the Saints are riding a 10-game winless streak and have not beaten the London side since 2005.

Tottenham is on $1.61 to keep its top-four place, with $5.50 for a loss and $3.80 for a draw.

Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield suffered a juddering 4-1 home-loss to West Ham last week and will be keen to make amends at Stoke and extend its EPL stay to another season.

While Huddersfield is in 14th place ahead of 18th-placed Stoke, the two sides are separated by just four points at the wrong end of the table.

While Huddersfield should be buoyed by new signings Alex Pritchard and Terence Kongolo, it is the $4 underdog against Stoke, which is paying $2 with $3.25 for a draw.

Suggested Bet: Huddersfield and Stoke to draw: $3.25

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